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Reaching a Compromise for Solvency

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Re: HB7/SB114 – School district cash balances

SANTA FE – The State of New Mexico finds itself in the throes of fixing a historic structural deficit, which includes shoring up our current fiscal year to pay our bills.  Our approach working with both the Executive and Legislative branches is to find reserves and cash...

McKinley County Federation of United School Employees

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Honorable Council Members,

On Tuesday, February 7th, residents will go to the polls and cast their ballot for District 2 [Church Rock and Crownpoint] Representative on the Gallup-McKinley County School [GMCS] Board.  The District 2 candidates are, Sandra D. Jeff, Freda E. Joe and Charles Long.

Sandra D. Jeff was appointed to the GMCS Board to replace former Board President Titus Nez as Representative of District 2 and has since added her name to the ballot of the upcoming election.  According to the media and investigative reports, it has been revealed—amongst other issues—that

Ms Jeff has resided with her family...

Get inspired after MLK Day

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This year’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day just happened to fall during the same week when the United States inaugurated a new president –Donald J. Trump.

Dr. King would have been 89 years old last week had an assassin’s bullet not found its mark at that Memphis motel back in 1968. King was 39 years old at the time he died, yet he moved the consciousness of humanity in ways not done before by anyone.

Gallup and McKinley County celebrated King’s birthday with its annual march from the Gallup Cultural center to the Larry B. Mitchell Recreational Center across town. King gave his life for the human struggle, for quality, dignity and opportunity.

It’s a fight that...

Communities look to airports to spur economic development

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Even in the age of the Internet and videoconferencing, a lot of business must be done face-to-face. In Northern New Mexico, that just got a whole lot easier. In December, direct flights between Phoenix and Santa Fe were inaugurated, making it fast and effortless for residents of the Valley of the Sun to reach New Mexico, and vice-versa.

The flights open up the entire West Coast to Northern New Mexicans, including Seattle and Hawaii, through American’s regional hub in Phoenix. “Now we’re just a short trip from Hollywood. That should definitely help the local film industry,” said Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the head of the local...

Millions of 2017 tax refund delays expected

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The IRS started accepting Income Tax Returns for processing on January 23, but

has announced delays in the processing of tax returns that contain Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit in the opening weeks of the 2016 tax filing season.

Refunds for tax returns that have these credits will not be issued prior to February 15, 2017, and likely won’t arrive in bank accounts via direct deposit or Pay-by-Refund until the week of February 27. This delay could affect over 40 million families this year.

The purpose of the delay is the hope to avoid identity theft and fraud by having more time to verify the credits taken on the return.  Experts say these credits tend to be...

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